Rose's story: Community connector to empowerment officer #HousingDay

18 September 2017

By: Rose Ramgeet, Community Empowerment Officer

Rose completed this year's Community Connectors course and tells us all about her experience and transition to becoming part of our very own Community Empowerment team.

As I'd already planned lots of activities and community events in my neighboorhood, I thought it made lots of sense to gain a Level 2 qualification at the same time!

I thought the course would give me a deeper insight into planning events and activities and the knowledge of how communities work.

I decided I wanted to hold another community event, but this year I wanted it to be bigger and better. I undertook the course with my friend, Tracy and we went about organising a fun day for the August bank holiday weekend.

I found the venue - Rose Green cricket ground - and organised inflatable games. The bouncy castle, giant slide and sumo wrestling all went down a storm! We had a rodeo ball and a talent competition, and we arranged a mini market selling hot and cold food. Volunteers from the ambulance service came along so children could meet and chat to a paramedic. 

To pay for the event we did some fundraising activities and wrote to local businesses asking for sponsorship. 

Since completing the course I can say I have a better understanding of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and it's truly opened up doors for me. I successfully applied to be a Community Empowerment Officer with Knightstone, working on a project supporting older people with the impact of gentrification. I'm now doing a job I'm proud of, with an organisation I'm happy to be a part of.